Short Film Profile

The Foal

Five-year old Chloe is taken to her Uncle and Aunt’s farm to live when her mother dies suddenly. Unable to comprehend the concept of death, she befriends the corpse of a recently deceased foal and adopts the responsibility of caring for it. Sneaking food, toys and other childish possessions to the foal, Chloe visits it everyday, in the hope of easing its pain of being abandoned by its mother. When Chloe’s Uncle discovers her secret he forces her to face the reality of her own situation.

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Is ignorance bliss? The human psyche is unbelievably versatile in the way that when it is put into a situation it can't manage, or is told a truth that it doesn't want to accept, it will blind itself into a blissful sanctuary of ignorance.

The Foal deals with innocence clashing with the harsh reality of accepting death for the first time and the individuality of how one deals with it.
innocence lost child death decay tree isolation childhood denial




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Previous screenings

8 May – 15 May | Currumbin, Australia
12 May – 22 May | Cannes, France
27 May – 30 May | Dungog, Australia
22 Jun – 28 Jun | Palm Springs, United States
10 Aug – 15 Aug | Providence, United States
23 Aug – 28 Aug | Odense, Denmark
22 Oct – 11 Nov | Fort Lauderdale, United States
11 Nov – 26 Nov | Belfast, United Kingdom
11 Nov – 21 Nov | St. Louis, United States
1 Dec – 5 Dec | Whistler, Canada
3 Dec – 16 Dec | Anchorage, United States

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The Foal has received a new award at In the Bin Short Film Festival. | more...
20 May 2010
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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 20 May 2010